How to Stain Pine
The key to an even finish is to start with a coat of polyurethane to seal the surface.
Pine is one wood that tends to absorb stains unevenly, but achieving even coloring when staining pine is easy to accomplish with a few simple steps.
Here’s what you will need:
- Wipe-on polyurethane
- Several clean rags
- Oil-based gel stain in your desired color
- A few pieces of very fine (320- or 400-grit) sandpaper
Here’s how to do it:
1. Use a rag to apply a thin, even coat of wipe-on-polyurethane to the surface of the wood and allow to dry.
2. Lightly sand the entire surface of the wood with 320- or 400-grit sandpaper, just enough to break the sheen and smooth out any high spots.
3. Apply a second coat of polyurethane.
4. Once dry, use a small rag to apply an oil-based gel stain. Apply perpendicular to the grain, then switch to a circular motion to fully work it into the surface.
5. Once the surface is completely covered, allow the applied stain to rest for 2 to 5 minutes, then use a clean rag to wipe off excess stain, and allow it to dry completely.
For a darker finish, apply subsequent coats until the desired color is achieved; ours took two coats.
To protect the finish, use a brush or rag to apply one or more finish coats of wipe-on polyurethane.